This is a festival celebrating Indie Short Films with a particular emphasis on those made in Beijing, China. It is a bilingual festival supporting both English and Chinese films.

The festival is held biannually in December and June inside of a 500 year old hutong, a traditional style Beijing house. Approximately 20 short films are to be screened at the festival each year. Each year, the goal will be to hold a minimum of one screening and with an aspiration for 2 more. Previous other venues also included a pretentious and beautiful Art Gallery with a very high-end theater and a lively and popular bar in the city center. A screening was also held in Shanghai in collaboration with filmmakers and festival directors there.

Our past three festivals all had sell out crowds. The first had 500 people in a large rooftop venue, the second had 90 in a trendy Beijing hipster neighborhood, and the third had 50 in a cozy independent theater.

Our festival prefers entries with a connection to Beijing as a large percentage of our audience are Beijing based filmmakers.
Preference in the selection goes to indie short films made in Beijing, those with relation to Beijing, then Shanghai, then the rest of Mainland China, then the rest of the world.

If you have trouble reaching us here, then please do contact us via instagram, facebook, or wechat. It is highly recommended that if a film is selected to this festival to have subtitles made, preferably in English and Simplified Chinese out of respect for the audience.

Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Edit
Best Sound
Best Story
Best Art
Best Actor
Best Actress

The Best Short Film prize's submitter will receive a prize from Ftrack.

Must email an HD digital copy of the short film.

Any film that is not in Chinese or English must have english subtitles, and ideally also Chinese subtitles,

Overall Rating
  • Last year's festival was held at location in Beijing which was a huge highlight for me. Josh and his team are always well organized and super welcoming to all filmmakers and guests involved. The night of the festival was a lot of great fun.

    My only suggestion is that the location can be a bit cramped (although very cozy if looked at from a different perspective). If the festival keeps growing at the rate it has I think a larger venue may be necessary in the future. That being said the venue itself has a lot of character thus I'm a bit conflicted in saying the above.

    All in all great times though!

    August 2021
  • Benjamin Barthélémy

    Great Event ! Warm, comfortable, intimate and very welcoming. Congrats to the organizer and all his crew :)

    February 2021
  • Michele Galeotto

    Overall I had a very good experience. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 I wasn't able to attend in person.

    February 2021
  • Gladys San Juan

    Didn't receive Laurels after various emails I sent with zero contact. Invited to submit and be selected then not receive atleast the laurels is pure haox and will be reported to film freeway. there was no follow ups and no networking events annoucned. Pure rubbish

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Sorry to hear about the miscommunication. Your email was never received, you were likely sending to an incorrect address. Laurels are readily available as all are on filmfreeway. We reached out to you about the film via film freeway and didn't receive any response.
    We are also available on instagram and facebook.
    We held a screening last week. We don't appreciate being called names especially considering we held a great screening and put in an incredible amount of work to get a screening going.

  • Justin Scott

    Really well-run festival, had a great time watching the films and networking with other filmmakers!

    June 2019